Common Property Standards Violations
Property maintenance is vital in reducing blight, improving the appearance and quality of the neighborhood, and promoting a safe environment. Listed below are common property standards violations that negatively impacts the community.
1. Overgrown Grass and Weeds – In the Town Code, property owners must not allow grass and
weeds in their yards to grow over 10 inches in height. It is important to cut down overgrown
grass and weeds to eliminate a place of harborage for rodents and other pests.
2. Open Storage of Garbage and Rubbish – All property areas must be free from accumulation
of garbage and rubbish. These materials may lead to insect and rodent infestation, trip
hazards, potential fires, and public nuisances. Please ensure that your property is clear of
garbage and rubbish. For information on trash collection, please contact Department of
Public Works at (301) 864-1803.
3. Chipping, Peeling, and Flaking Paint – Besides appearance functions, paint serves as a
protective treatment for certain types of surfaces. Paint helps protect wood and metal
finishes from rot or rust. For older homes (built prior to 1978), chipping, peeling, flaking paint
may contain lead paint, which has significance health and safety risks. Please contact the
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) at (410)-537-3000 about lead paint safety
4. Damaged Accessory Structures – Accessory structures include, but not limited to, fences,
garages, retaining walls, and sheds. Since these structures are not primary, sometimes
maintenance is not a priority, leading to neglect and diminishing overall appearance and value
of the property.
5. Missing Address Numbers – Buildings must have proper address numbers for
identification purposes. Emergency personnel (fire, police, medical, etc.) rely on address
numbers to quickly locate buildings to respond to the public. Address numbers must contrast
from its background, and be legible and visible from the street, with a minimum height of four
(4) inches and 0.5 inches in width.
Riverdale Park Town Code (Chapters 67 and 68)
International Property Maintenance Code (2015)
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